Our Coppice Curriculum
The intention of our curriculum is to provide our children with the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to lead successful lives. Our vision is to create learners for life who can take advantage of all opportunities presented to them in life. Our Coppice Curriculum is carefully designed to provide the pupils of our school with a broad, balanced and enriching curriculum underpinned by our values of Brave, Curious and Kind.
We use topic-based thematic approaches that deliver the knowledge and skills of the National Curriculum. Topics give context and meaning to learning in engaging ways. We have carefully planned to retain the core function of the National Curriculum through topics which support a sequence and logical progression of learning. Fundamental British Values (FBV) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) understanding are integral to our curriculum.
Community is important to us at Coppice Valley. Each year group plans a project that is community-centred, either in helping our community e.g. designing and building a community garden in our grounds or learning more about our communities. We have a rich history in the Harrogate area that we plan for our children to experience i.e. trips to Knaresborough Castle and walking tours around Harrogate itself with its Victorian spa town heritage.
We enhance and enrich our curriculum with trips, visitors, real life experiences and outdoor education wherever we can. Community involvement is very important to us and we endeavour to invite as many families and visitors as we can to join us on our learning journey.
Children will leave Coppice Valley as brave, curious learners with high aspirations who know how to be good citizens in their community and the wider world.
Brave: Children at Coppice will be brave learners, unafraid to challenge themselves and make mistakes so that learning can take place. Growth mindset principles are at the heart of our learning – we believe in the “power of yet”. Our children will be brave as they learn to be resilient and independent. They will have opportunities to develop their character and build their own set of personal values. Children at Coppice Valley will be aspirational for their futures and have ambitions to lead successful lives.
Curious: Our children will be ceaselessly curious and learners for life. They will develop their vocabulary and deepen their knowledge about the topics they study. Their memories will grow as retain their learning, apply their skills and develop links in their understanding. Children will be curious about themselves, their families, their local area, their world.
Kind: Our children will learn to be kind to others, to show compassion and to celebrate diversity. They will learn to nurture their own and others mental health. They will learn to appreciate and celebrate the rich cultural tapestry of our world. Children will leave Coppice Valley valuing and respecting our differences and be well prepared for life in modern Britain. They will understand the importance of sustainability and protecting the planet for their future and the active role that they must play in this.